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2011 $4.95 New River Gorge Bridge, Priority Mail
October 22, 1977

New River Gorge Bridge

On October 22, 1977, the New River Gorge Bridge opened to motorists in West Virginia. The longest single-span arch bridge and highest roadway bridge in the world at the time of its completion, it cut a treacherous 45 minute drive down to just one minute.

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1947 3¢ Thomas A. Edison
October 6, 1889

Thomas Edison Tests his First Motion Picture

Adding to his long list of inventions, Thomas Edison tested his first motion picture film on October 6, 1889.

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1999 33¢ Celebrate the Century - 1960s: Star Trek
September 8, 1966

Star Trek Premieres 

On September 8, 1966, the first episode of Star Trek premiered on television.  While the original series only lasted three seasons, it developed a cult following, leading to movies, several new series, comics, games, and more.

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2020 55¢ Fruits and Vegetables
September 6, 1916

First Modern Grocery Store

On September 6, 1916, the first self-service grocery store as we know it today opened in Memphis, Tennessee.  The store was Piggly Wiggly, and it revolutionized the way people bought groceries.

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1965 5¢ Crusade Against Cancer
August 5, 1937

Founding of National Cancer Institute

On August 5, 1937, President Franklin Roosevelt signed legislation creating the National Cancer Institute.  The institute researches cures and treatments for cancer and is the oldest and largest institute of the National Institutes of Health.

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1988 20¢ Transportation Series: Cable Car, 1880s
August 2, 1873

San Francisco’s First Cable Car 

On August 2, 1873, Clay Street Hill Railroad inaugurated San Francisco’s now-famous cable car system.

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1966 8¢ Prominent Americans: Albert Einstein
July 16, 1945

First Successful Test of Atomic Bomb 

On July 16, 1945, members of America’s Manhattan Project held their first successful test of the atom bomb in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

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1987 22¢ Bicentenary Statehood: Massachusetts
June 5, 1978

Lowell National Historical Park

On June 5, 1978, Lowell National Historical Park was founded in Massachusetts. Lowell has been called the “Cradle of the American Industrial Revolution,” for the important role it played in the rise of America’s textile industry.

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2008 41¢ American Scientists: John Bardeen
May 23, 1908

Birth of John Bardeen

Physicist John Bardeen was born on May 23, 1908, in Madison, Wisconsin.  Bardeen helped develop the transistor, which made possible the invention of almost every modern electronic device.

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